November 15, 2017

Friday: Deadline for Academy Scholarship Applications

Together, New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) and Utica National Insurance Group are sponsoring 10 scholarships to the School Facilities Managers' Academy to be held December 5 and 6 in Latham. Interested applicants must submit their applications by Friday, November 17.

Applications will be reviewed by SFMI officers to determine scholarship winners. All members are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients will be notified by November 24. Preference will be given to:
  • Members from those Chapters who were not awarded a school facilities conference scholarship this year.
  • Members who are new to the profession.
  • Members who would be attending the Academy’s school facilities track for the first time.
  • Members attending the Academy in pursuit of their CDF, RDF, AADC, ADC or other designations.
  • Members who otherwise would not be able to attend.
Apply Now!
Two Weeks Remain for Early-Bird Discount!

The School Facility Managers' Academy Series is the premier educational program for New York State School Facilities Directors, co-hosted by the NYS School Facilities Association (SFA) and the School Facilities Management Institute, Inc. (SFMI). Don't miss this premier training opportunity!

Track One: Managers' Academy
The Facility Manager’s track covers health and safety, all hazard emergency training, technical and systems administration, school fire safety inspections, school energy management, budgeting and civil service law.  This track is designed for school facilities professionals relatively new to the field.

Track Two: Security & Emergency Management Academy
(Part of this track will run simultaneously with the Managers' Academy)
Our Security & Emergency Management Track is designed for you to keep your school at the forefront of emergency planning. Industry experts, the New York State Police and county managers will provide best practices on improving your situational awareness during uncertain situations, and educate you on what your school is and is not capable of. No matter if you're new to the field or a seasoned professional, this program is right for you. 

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online. Space is limited. Early registration discounts are available now through November 30!
Small Districts Looking to Consolidate Some Services

Downsville, Livingston Manor and Roscoe central school districts are in the beginning stages of consolidating some common services to alleviate costs.

John Evans, superintendent to all three schools, said he is already an example of what this might look like.

According to a media release, the three boards met with Evans on Oct. 24 at Roscoe Central School to “begin the process of studying cost savings through the sharing of common services and programs.”
Evans said the schools have applied for a state efficiency grant to help support the initial determinations.

Later, consultants will be hired to help with specific transitions.

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Edwards-Knox Shooter Threat Unfounded

Students at Edwards-Knox Central School were evacuated for roughly one hour the morning of Nov. 8 after district officials received an emailed threat about a possible active shooter.

EK Superintendent Ronald P. Burke said the situation started when the school’s attendance secretary received an email from a parent. The parent said they were keeping their child home from school because they had heard an active shooter planned to enter the school building.

However, it was later determined that the parent had overhead part of a conversation about a threat made at Harrisville Central School District and not EK, Burke said.

“There was never really a legitimate threat,” he said.
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Comptroller Finalizes Audit of Auburn’s Payroll Practices

The state comptroller's office has released an audit on the Auburn Enlarged City School District's employee compensation and benefits practices that recommends improvements for certain aspects of payroll processing.

The report on the audit was announced in a press release last week. Samples of the district's transactions were inspected from July 1, 2015, to July 5, 2017. According to the report, auditors found the district had generally taken proper actions to ensure compensation and benefits were accurately enacted, but they also had a couple of suggestions.

Though the district had efficient procedures and policies in place for employee payroll processing, the report said, the district hadn't formally set up steps to address processing outside of normal pay periods – such as when employees don't turn in payroll information within an established deadline.
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Government, Industry Investing in Future Workers

Our future is at stake.

Today’s economy is changing at such a rapid pace in New York, across the U.S. and around the world that we are in danger of being left behind — unless we can find a way to keep up.

As a result, schools, charities, governments and businesses are scrambling to ensure economic stability and prosperity through the concept of “workforce development” — focusing on people as the primary drivers of economic growth by developing a human resources-centered strategy to remain competitive in the modern global marketplace.

The idea is that better-prepared and well-trained workers will help businesses achieve greater success, adding to the well-being of their communities and the workers themselves.
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Upcoming Events

SFMI Academy
December 5-6 | Latham

NYSSFA Advocacy Day
March 6, 2018 | Albany

SFMI Critical Issues Summit
March 7, 2018 | Albany

NJSBGA/NSPMA Dual Conference
March 12-14, 2018 | Atlantic City, NJ

Leadership Weekend
May 3-5, 2018 | Watkins Glen  

NYSASBO Conference
June 3-6, 2018 | Saratoga Springs

School Facilities Managers Conference and Expo

September 30-October 3, 2018 | Saratoga Springs

NYSSBA Conference
October 25-27, 2018 | New York City

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